Please join us at the Finnegan Learning Center in Dyer Park on December 14th for an exciting day of golf skills and challenges with Hall of Famers Dennis Walters, Beth Daniel and Meg Mallon. 8:30am- Students warm-up with David Donatucci of the Florida Institute of Performance. The FIP provides comprehensive sports performance training programs using the most advanced training methods for professional, collegiate, high school and senior athletes. 9:00am- Golf Skills Challenge for Chapter students. 11:00am- Parents, guests and students invited to interact with Dennis, Beth and Meg and Adrien Penderies, the #1 college golfer in the country attending Duke University. 12:00- Awards, Navy Seal Cannon demonstration and a free BBQ lunch. Coach Sam is providing the live music and we will have a raffle too!
CLICK HERE to donate. In 2019, each of our programs utilized the Life Skills Experience curriculum of The First Tee, based on The Nine Core Values and The Nine Healthy Habits. Funds raised through the Annual Appeal support green-grass program locations, coach training, age appropriate clubs and grants for the National School Program and DRIVE programming conducted at local youth centers. As we continue to expand our programming throughout the Treasure Coast, the Annual Appeal also generates funds to assist children and Veterans who may not otherwise have access to the game of golf. The First Tee programming teaches participants social skills, to set and accomplish goals, improve academics and become productive members of their families and society with integrity, strong values and commitment to their community.
Monday-Wednesday November 25th – 27th from 8:30 AM – 11:30 AM Rate: $90 for three days or $35 per day Dyer Park – 7301 N. Haverhill Road West Palm Beach, FL 33407
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A STEAM day was recently held at Dyer Park with the help of staff from IMG and The Honda Classic. There were over 40 students, 22 IMG Volunteers and Chapter staff. What is STEAM Learning? STEAM is an educational approach to learning that uses Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics as access points for guiding student inquiry, dialogue, and critical thinking. Stations were broken up into the following categories: – Honda Classic Ticket Art Contest – Putting – Factors of influence on the green using a Tic-Tac-Toe game – Chipping – Factors of Influence- Wind, Loft, Apex using 21 for MATH – Full Swing – Kinetic/Potential Energy using swing fan, speed sticks, and ball & ribbon – Agronomy/Entomology cutting a green hole and equipment knowledge The evening concluded with pizza, snacks, and prizes were given out afterwards!
Special thank you to Jack Nicklaus, and the members and staff of The Bear’s Club for hosting our annual 100 Friends golf tournament. Our guests and a foursome of our advanced students enjoyed a wonderful day of golf at the club and a delicious dinner. Huge SHOUT OUT to Chapter Director Andrew Brock who donated $5,000 and raised over $6,000 in matching funds! The highlight of dinner included Chapter students and Veterans discussing how our Chapter impacted their lives. Pictured above left: The winning team in the gross division with a score of 66 Peter Helie, Drake Kelso, Chapter Trustee Bob Simses and Bobby Collins. Pictured above right: John Rothberg and Michael Calkin played with William Burke and Wendell Haskins to win the net division with a score of 50.
The Palm Beach County Golf Course Superintendents Association continues to generously support our Chapter. Each year local golf course superintendents raise money through their annual Futures of Golf tournament. A portion of the proceeds raised help us each year with capital and turf improvement projects. This year the grant assisted with adding irrigation and the construction and grassing of two new Tifdwarf putting greens. Pictured above: PBCGCSA Board Member and Superintendent at Pine Tree Golf Club Deron Zendt presents the check to Chapter students.
The Ladies Professional Golf Association recently selected the recipients of their annual Junior Golf Leadership awards. Congratulations to Chapter Outreach and Special Programs Director, Connie Capanegra (pictured above left) for receiving the 2019 Southeast Section Junior Leadership Award. Connie also serves Vice President of the SE Section of the LPGA. “My focus has always been on junior golf,” said Capanegra. “Watching our many students learn the game and excel through school and go off to college is what drives me every day.” The South Florida PGA Section annually recognizes PGA Professionals for overall performance, level of service, leadership, ability to inspire fellow professionals and promote the game of golf. Congratulations to Chapter Coach Dave McNulty (pictured above right with wife Phyllis and son Sean), for receiving the 2019 South Florida PGA Patriot Award, an award which recognizes a PGA member that demonstrates an unwavering commitment and dedication to all who have served the United States. This year marks the first time the South Florida PGA will honor a member on the Section level. “I am so humbled by this award,” said McNulty. “I am so grateful for this great country’s veteran men and women. Without them where would we be?”
The PGA TOUR SUPERSTORE has been an inspirational partner and supporter of our Chapter through the Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation. Arthur Blank, owner of PGA TOUR SUPERSTORE, is also a National Trustee of The First Tee. “The store hosts programs, events and donates grant dollars to us every year,” said Chapter President Bobby Hendel. “They are the definition of a great partner and we cannot wait for their new store to open in Palm Beach Gardens.” Pictured above: PGA Tour Superstore representatives Ralph Stokes and Jamie Eikevik present the big check to Chapter students. P.S. A personal donation was recently made by Ralph Stokes to Chapter Executive Director Carl Mistretta as LSU FINALLY beat Alabama this year…Geaux Tigers!
Register now to join Shawn and his team of Coaches for a two-day EPS training camp. Shawn is recognized as a Coach of the world’s best in the area of mindset preparation for sports and business. Shawn works with over twenty universities and is changing the way athletes Think-Train & Perform. Each season, these college teams break school records, win first time conference titles, experience drastic moves in their NCAA rankings, all while athletes are constantly setting and breaking their personal bests. Our Chapter facility is home to the Palm Beach Atlantic University golf teams where Shawn is a consulting coach. The training facilities consist of a short-game and distance wedge training complex, two putting greens, double-ended hitting decks and a nine-hole par three course. Two Day Holiday Camps Cost: $579* December 28 – 29 January 3 – 4 January 18 – 19 *Each camp is limited to only 10 participants. CLICK HERE for more information. CLICK HERE to register.
ATTENTION GIRLS!Help our Chapter receive a $25 grant for EACH girl we sign up on the LPGA Girls Golf Website. And it’s FREE! By becoming a member you earn a free entry into LPGA events, invitations to cool Girls Only activities and college scholarship opportunities. Any girl ages 7-17 CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP *Registration takes about 2 minutes and you are helping to support our Chapter.